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The Evelyn Project - Kfir Luzzatto MY THOUGHTSREALLY LIKED ITEvelyn is near death when her father tries a last ditch effort to save her from tuberculosis by visiting a medium during the late 1800s in Italy. The medium, who denies being a witch, learns the secrets of how to save her from speaking with the dead. Flash forward to current time and her only remaining relative, Franco, a Latin professor in England. He is contacted by a multimillionaire, Easby who wants to change history by inserting some small change in the past. He attempts to try corrupting the past by saving Evelyn from her death when a letter her father writes explaining the blood magic necessary falls into his hands. So by recreating her illness in another in current times and bringing Franco together with replacement, he hopes that history will be changed when the substitute for Evelyn in modern times is cured. This story is sort of like the DaVinci Code, where there is plenty of action, car chases, Vatican and English involvement with a mystery of ancient sorcery and cults. Each side trying to play the other, while one man tries to figure out exactly what is happening by shear willpower and reasoning. The story flips back and forth between the past and current to help move the story forward which works. There is also a romance worked in with Eva, who is a temptress/actress and her interactions with Franco really make you wonder whose side she is really on. Then there is Kathia, whose sister is killed by a cult so she wants to hunt them all down but meets a lot of roadblocks.I had a bit of a struggle with the dialogue but once I got over what seemed a bit of "lost in translation" issues, that the whole thing really moved along. There is the bad guy with no conscious sent out to kill the hero and the crazy rich guy bent on changing history through any means possible and a bunch of conspiracy theories that will have you guessing until the very end. Franco is quite likable and you want to cheer him on to solve the whole thing and live a happy life. Overall, thriller/mystery fans who like a bit of paranormal should enjoy this quick read.

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